Report: Nearly half of Americans breathe unhealthy air

USA Today discusses a report showing how nearly half of Americans breathe unhealthy air.

  • The report said that climate change continues to make air pollution worse.
  • About nine million more people are breathing dirty air than in last year’s report.
  • California once again had the nation’s most polluted cities.

Nearly half of the nation’s population –  about 150 million people – live with and breathe polluted air, “placing their health and lives at risk,” according to a new report released Tuesday by the American Lung Association, a public health group.

The association’s 21st annual “State of the Air” report said climate change continues to make air pollution worse, with many Western cities again seeing record-breaking spikes in particle pollution from wildfires.

“The report finds the air quality in some communities has improved, but the ‘State of the Air’ finds that far too many people are still breathing unhealthy air,” said American Lung Association president and CEO Harold Wimmer.

In fact, about 9 million more people are breathing dirty air than in last year’s report.

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